Alberta Helping Animals Society (AHAS) is a non-profit society, incorporated in Alberta and registered as a charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency. AHAS was developed to provide access to veterinary care and animal-related advice for the companion animals of vulnerable people, defined as low income, marginally housed, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged. Over 100,000 people in Edmonton are living in poverty and are receiving social services. Some of these people have companion animals and most of these animals have never received veterinary care.
Vision: Veterinary care for companion animals of vulnerable people in support of the human-animal bond.
Mission: Creating opportunities for vulnerable people to access veterinary care for their companion animals.
The three objectives of AHAS are:
(1) To provide veterinary care and support for the companion animals of vulnerable people. We provide no cost home wellness visits and in-clinic diagnostic, treatment, spay/neuter, dental, and other surgical procedures.
(2) To assist rescue groups when we are able. This includes providing assistance and follow-up care for companion animals in rescue groups and shelters when no other alternative exists.
(3) To increase understanding of controlling companion animal overpopulation, animal wellness and care, animal behaviour, and other topics that promote the human-animal bond and the health and well-being of animals and humans. We offer public lectures on timely topics in veterinary care. We also work with target groups to ensure the health and wellbeing of our clients and their companion animals.
We are all volunteer veterinary professionals and trained community members. Donations of supplies and medications are made by a number of veterinary industries.